His dynamic approach to the game has added a new dimension to the United attack, as they top the table after the seventh round of matches.
Carrick and Valencia both started Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sunderland, which took United to the top of the Premier League.
Van Gaal has even claimed he brought teenage striker Anthony Martial not for himself but for Giggs, who could take over from him in 2017.
But while Van Gaal hinted he does not know what the future holds, he also spoke of his reluctance to break a promise to his wife that he would retire as planned.
That came in May 2014, just before Van Gaal’s appointment at United, as they narrowly avoided relegation and manager Dick Advocaat knows his side needs to improve if they are to avoid that fate this time. I have heard it said that he will have to go to another club first because he doesn’t have enough experience.
Mata has had a good season at Old Trafford, with the second highest Squawka Performance Score at the club and seven starts from seven matches, the Spaniard is proving to be one of Louis van Gaal’s most important players.
“It is not predictable to say four teams in the Premier League shall overcome this group stage round, no, it is not like that”.
United face a tough encounter against rivals Arsenal in their next League fixture on Sunday. And I hope that the fans have understanding for that.
Van Gaal has previously stated that he will retire from football when his deal with United expires in 2017 to spend more time with his wife Truus at their villa in Portugal.
Over the past two seasons, Manchester United have seen many of their key players depart the club including the likes of Robin Van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Jonny Evans, Angel di Maria and Rafael da Silva to name a few. “Because of that we need to win our games”.
“We didn’t play very well against West Ham United in the first half and we didn’t play well now in the second half“, City manager Manuel Pellegrini told BT Sport. “We are still improving and I can see that every week”.
“He (Martial) was one of the main reasons why we won the match today”, the Dutchman said after the win over the Black Cats.
Fletcher insists the Sunderland players still back their manager 100 per cent.